November 19th, 2010
02:01 PM ET

NYC, 9/11 first responders finalize settlement

A settlement in New York City will pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to ground zero workers exposed to toxic debris after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, lawyers said Friday.

Plaintiffs narrowly approved the deal after facing a Tuesday night deadline that required 95 percent of some 10,000 people who worked at ground zero to approve the measure, according to Marc Berns, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

The agreement concludes a seven-year fight between the city and first responders, who have said they were not properly outfitted for rescue and cleanup efforts after the 9/11 attacks, leaving them exposed to toxic dust that later prompted respiratory health issues.


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  1. Breal123

    What cracks me up is that we live in a country where idiots complain that we give a money to 9/11 responders to help them with their medical bills, but say its okay to give tax cuts to the rich just in the hope that a little comes our way. Our country is definately headed in the wrong direction, and I am sure the "Me" Party is just helping us get there.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Houston

    Yes, Kacy $712 mill. is a pitiful amount when your a part of the whining, bloodsucking, litigating hoards that have no concept of where that money comes from. The government has no money except what it extorts from the citizenry or borrows from the Chinese.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Diego Espinal

    Yes its there job but its not there fault that there superiors did not issue them the right personal protective equipment (ppe) to go down range in a chemical ,biological,explosive environment they deserve to be compensated and they all should get free medical for there health issues and Fema Osha and whoever else was there should have enforced what type of ppe should have been worn God bless all of our Heroes Semper Fi

    November 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ss

    I understand compensation given to someone who might have died or someone with serious ailment. But i can bet majority of the so called 'first responders' might have some respiratory ailment that is not serious or life threatning but will still end up getting thousands. That is called a WASTE but we all get very emotional when it comes to this.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Actually, I get very emotional when "But I can bet" is offered as "proof" of a very personal opinion...

      November 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fallout

    Why do I have to live on the same planet with doughnuts who think the United States government would mass murder our own citizens (9-11) for political reasons? You have no business consuming air. You should be processed into dog food, and then shoot the poor dogs.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. McKnight

    Does that mean George Bush will be a recipient for standing at ground zero?!

    November 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DbL

    1. Yes our Military should get paid more$ however all service men and women should also be equipt with the proper tools to keep loss of life mainly theirs and yours at a minimum, so knowing that they went in after the first day they should have had the needs met then then the service men and women who helped there may not have gotten sick, as for war well its war you joined to fight and protect your contry the military is supplying you with what you need, our teams at home are subjected to budget cuts and so on be proud that we have them cause they are proud of you.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Clinton

    We, as a country, should not be dolling out any more money, period! Only when our country is out of this massive debt we are in should we start to become independently wealthy again! Everybody is going to have to pitch in to get this country out of trillions of dollars of debt...........EVEN THE RICH........THEY SHOULD BE TAXED AT THE RATE THEY ONCE WERE...........ABOUT 70%!

    November 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael Yulo

    ...and they should be exempt from taxes the rest of their lives

    November 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinks2010

      Right on!

      November 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AJV

    Two things: Whoever Taxpayer2 is – Your an idiot. I could name thousounds of people and hundreds of professions that take risks in thier jobs everyday. Should they also get a reward??? You know life is nto fair or perfect and you should not expect somethign from the Tax payers everytime somethign does happen.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ifyouseenkay

    i would hope that when i grow up to be a fireman that the fire dept/gvt will provide me with the gear needed to battle fires: hazard suit, the cool boots and fine looking helmet, the air tank for those smoky buildings, fire truck, hoses and especially water. and, most important to my safety, a fire that has not been lit or has already been extingusihed.

    i just cannot take the risk that the fire might hurt me.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jason

    Even if you gave them $1 Billion, it is not enough. Their lives, and their families lives, will never be the same again. And for all of you who say this is a waste of money....I am shocked and appaled they would think like that. Amazing that the same conservatives who consider themselves "real Americans", would not provide to the bravest from that day.

    Would you tell a veteran who lost his leg running over a landmine in Iraq, that sorry, you don't get the leg, you signed up for this, even though the Gov't did not provide the proper equipment to you to protect you?

    More people should be awarded & recognized for their bravery & heroism. It will drown the cowards who don't want to give them a dime. Who is the real American now?

    November 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Okay, are you willing to increase your taxes 10% to help pay for it?

      November 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. conoclast

    Seen Michael Moore's "Sick-o"? Maybe now the first responders won't have to go to Cuba to get proper healthcare!
    US healthcare: DON'T GET SICK!

    November 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. txkboy

    Hopefully, this will help defray some of they're medical costs. The nation does owe our first responders for the work they endured that day, more than any other. If you don't think so, look at the video footage of everyone running away from "ground zero" and the first responders running to it.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    They should seize and sell off all the NYC Mosques to help pay for it.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
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